Oh, hi. Welcome to the first of a new, monthly feature, in which we’ll be looking at the cinematic highlights of the coming month. Well, we do purport to cover film as well, don’t we? So it only feels proper.
Oslo, 31st August
A beautifully shot, utterly Scandinavian look at the life of a recovering drug addict and the 24 hours in which he returns to Oslo. Expect existential wranglings and steely grey landscapes by the bucket load. Bergman for the 21st century.
A tender, vivid and breathtakingly honest portrait of a short romantic encounter and its aftermath that features two incredible lead performances and which has taken international festival audiences by storm.
This new film from one of Britain’s leading auteurs, Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank), is a bold and brutal re-working of Emily Brontë’s classic tale of passion and cruelty. Emotions and characters as bare and raw as the windswept moors they inhabit…
Les Enfants du Paradis
The current trend for classic re-releases builds ever stronger with Marcel Carné’s masterful story of unrequited love in a French 19th century theatre. A beautiful, tragic film that anyone who’s been following Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film should make a beeline to catch.
There’s been some massive buzz around this new Australian family crime drama. The fact that it looks like Animal Kingdom directed by Harmony Korine and shot by Ryan McGinley is probably why. Massive hopes for this one. Looks fantastic.
Part paranoid psychological drama, part apocalyptic sci-fi, Take Shelter seems to have sprung from nowhere and has generated nothing but hugely positive feedback. Can’t wait to see what the hype is really about.
Image is from Tarkovsky’s Stalker, which you can watch for free (along with ALL of his other films!) here.